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    • The Crucible Act II
      • John Proctor sits down to dinner with his wife, Elizabeth.
      • Mary Warren, their servant, has gone to the witch trials, against Elizabeth’s order that she remain in the house.
      • Fourteen people are now in jail.
      • If these accused witches do not confess, they will be hanged.
      • Whoever Abigail and her friends name as they go into hysterics is arrested for bewitching the girls.
      • Proctor can barely believe the craziness, and he tells Elizabeth that Abigail had said her dancing had nothing to do with witchcraft.
      • Elizabeth wants him to testify that the accusations are fake.
      • He says that he cannot prove his it because Abigail told him while they were alone in a room.
      • Elizabeth loses all faith in him when she hears that he and Abigail were alone together.
      • Proctor demands that she stop judging him.
      • He says that he feels as though his home is a courtroom.
      • Elizabeth responds that the real court is in his own heart.
      • When Mary Warren returns home, she gives Elizabeth a poppet (doll) that she sewed in court, saying that it is a gift.
      • She reports that thirty-nine people now stand accused.
      • John and Mary argue over whether Mary can continue attending the trials.
      • He threatens to whip her, and Mary declares that she saved Elizabeth’s life that day.
      • Elizabeth’s name was apparently mentioned in the accusations (Mary will not name the accuser), but Mary spoke out in Elizabeth’s defense.
      • Proctor instructs Mary to go to bed, but she demands that he stop ordering her around.
      • Elizabeth, meanwhile, is convinced that it was Abigail who accused her of witchcraft, in order to take her place in John’s bed.
      • Hale visits the Proctors because he wants to speak with everyone whose name has been mentioned in connection with witchcraft.
      • He has just visited Rebecca Nurse.
      • Hale proceeds to ask questions about the Christian character of the Proctor home.
      • He notes that the Proctors have not often attended church and that their youngest son is not yet baptized.
      • Proctor explains that he does not like Parris’s preaching.
      • Hale asks them to recite the Ten Commandments.
      • Proctor tries… but forgets one…..
      • At Elizabeth’s urging, Proctor informs Hale that Abigail told him that the children’s sickness had nothing to do with witchcraft.
      • Taken aback, Hale replies that many have already confessed.
      • Proctor points out that they would have been hanged without a confession.
      • Giles and Francis rush into Proctor’s home, crying that their wives have been arrested.
      • Rebecca is charged with the supernatural murders of Mrs. Putnam’s babies.
      • A man bought a pig from Martha Corey and it died not long afterward; he wanted his money back, but she refused, saying that he did not know how to care for a pig.
      • Every pig he purchased thereafter died, and he accused her of bewitching him so that he would be incapable of keeping one alive.
      • Ezekiel Cheever and Herrick, the town marshal, arrive with a warrant for Elizabeth’s arrest.
      • Hale is surprised because, last he heard, Elizabeth was not charged with anything.
      • Cheever asks if Elizabeth owns any dolls, and Elizabeth replies that she has not owned dolls since she was a girl.
      • Cheever spies the doll Mary Warren gave her.
      • He finds a needle inside it.
      • Cheever relates that Abigail had a fit at dinner in Parris’s house that evening.
      • Parris found a needle in her abdomen, and Abigail accused Elizabeth of witchcraft.
      • Elizabeth brings Mary downstairs.
      • Mary informs the inquisitors that she made the doll while in court and stuck the needle in it herself.
      • As Elizabeth is led away, Proctor loses his temper and rips the warrant.
      • He asks Hale why the accuser is always considered innocent.
      • Hale appears less and less convince of the existence of witchcraft in Salem.
      • Proctor tells Mary that she has to testify in court that she made the doll and put the needle in it.
      • Mary declares that Abigail will kill her if she does and that Abigail would only charge him with lechery.
      • Proctor is shocked that Abigail told Mary about the affair, but he demands that she testify anyway.
      • Mary cries hysterically that she cannot.